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Boston University RESEARCH ASSISTANT, School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences in BOSTON, Massachusetts

The Research Assistant (RA) will work on clinical research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Studies primarily focus on substance use disorder and include observational cohort studies, and randomized controlled trials. The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant is to screen, recruit, enroll and interview research participants for the purpose of collecting study data. The Research Assistant will also track participants over time and conduct follow-up interviews and data collection. Additionally, the Research Assistant will assist with the development of protocols, forms and assessments, perform data entry and quality control procedures for the ongoing research, and provide administrative support to the study (i.e. scheduling meetings, preparing and circulating meeting agendas and meeting minutes for regular study team meetings, filing study-related documents, etc).

Required Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree and 1-3 years of experience

  • Candidates should have an interest in public health and/or clinical research.

  • Specific interest in HIV and/or substance use disorders is a plus.

  • Positive and flexible attitude with excellent interpersonal skills is essential.

  • Ability to approach and engage with vulnerable populations.

  • Ability to understand and follow detailed study protocol.

  • Ability to follow and summarize discussions related to study design and analyses.

  • Ability to work independently and be a good problem-solver.

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook) and web browsers.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement ( within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions ( ). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources ( site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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